Understanding urban hedgehog populations in London
Learning how hedgehogs use key areas in London can hopefully help us to understand how to improve population sizes in urban areas
Hedgehogs are in trouble across the UK, however they seem to be doing better in urban areas than in countryside. So if we can make sure they are doing well in towns and cities, this will help buffer them against the problems they are facing on farmland. The greater London area supports a number of substantial hedgehog populations, but little is known about their size and the extent of their distribution. If we can find out more about them and what specific habitats urban hedgehogs live in, we will be in a better position to protect them in the future.
PTES is supporting Rachel Cates and a local team to find out more. They will use camera-traps to find out where hedgehogs are and how many there are in key areas of London. We can then estimate current population sizes in London’s main parks and green spaces, and also look at how hedgehogs are using the spaces in the areas between. With this information we can develop strategies to that will help our London hedgehogs and UK urban hedgehogs in general.
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